WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Less than 24 hours after a shooting in the city of Wilmington, police partner with local churches to curb the amount of firearms on the streets. Three local pastors agreed to offerMore >>
Three local pastors agreed to offer their churches as location sites for the first ever gun buyback effort.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new state law stops North Carolina Law Enforcement agencies from destroying guns that still work and have their serial number. Instead, officers will have to sell the working guns, if they are not going to be used for training.
Linda Rawley with the Wilmington Police Department says they will continue to actively try to get illegal guns off of the street. However, she says it's concerning to think there is a chance the guns could end up back in the wrong hands under the new law.
"The concern is not the auction companies that we use to auction them off, but the concern is that somewhere down the line the gun will get into the wrong hands, of someone that is a criminal, someone who is going to rob somebody, a gang banger, that is our concern," said Rawley.
She says when it comes to gun buyback programs, the department is going to stop and rethink the role they play in them. During the recent August buyback that was in honor of two innocent victims, the collected guns were turned over to the police department.
They processed the guns, working to find the owners of the stolen guns and the rest of the guns will be destroyed. However, that's the last time it will work out in that way. In the future, the department will not be able to destroy the guns, instead under the new law they will have to sell the ones that work, and still have serial numbers.
For that reason, she says the department will be discussing the role they play, and will consider not collecting the guns but working as security for the organizations that host the buyback's.